Baton Rouge, LA—
Donna Douglas, second from right, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of an unnamed pilot DiMaio directed in the early 1960’s featuring Clint Eastwood, left, Mr. Ed., center, and Douglas. Douglas played the wife of Eastwood’s character a carefree, dancing, mounted police officer.
Donna Douglas, famous for portraying smoking-hot hick Elly May Clampett on “The Beverly Hillbillies” on CBS from 1962 to 1971, died Friday from pancreatic cancer. She was 82.
On the big screen, Douglas starred in the films “Career,” “Lover Come Back,” “RECOiL” and alongside some dude named Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny.”
But she was most successful on TV, appearing in such shows as “Route 66,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Adam-12” and “Surfside 6.” Her death leaves only Max Baer, her TV cousin, double-naught spy Jethro as the only remaining cast member of the show.
She is survived by her son Danny, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.